RMU women dominate Penguins

Staff report


The Robert Morris women’s basketball team shot 58 percent from the floor and dominated in the paint in an 84-52 rout of Youngstown State on Wednesday evening at the North Athletic Complex.

The Penguins (2-4) kept the game close by making 11 3-pointers, and they trailed 59-49 with eight minutes left in the fourth. Robert Morris outscored YSU 25-3 from that point to the end of the game.

RMU (3-3) was 33 for 57 from the field, and it got offensive rebounds on 11 of those 24 misses. That led to a 15-4 edge in second-chance points as well as a 40-12 scoring advantage in the paint. EMU also turned YSU’s 17 turnovers into 21 points.

Alison Smolinski tied for game-high honors with 15 points on five 3-pointers to lead the Penguins, and Indiya Benjamin scored 10 points. Jocelynne Jones led four Robert Morris players in double figures with 15 points, and she added eight rebounds and four steals. All nine Colonials who played scored at least six points, and none of them shot worse than 42 percent from the field.

YSU will head to Washington, D.C., to play at American at 2 p.m. on Saturday.

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